After working in National Security for 26 years, Robin Holliday experienced several life-changing events that helped her realize that life is precious and short. So, she left her career behind to pursue her life-long dream to embark on a personal journey as an artist and to one day own an Art Gallery.
In 2009, Robin created HorseSpirit Arts, LLC and began exhibiting her own art in local juried art shows. In 2013, Robin opened HorseSpirit Arts Gallery, where she exhibits the work of many local artists.
Robin’s aspiration as an Artist is to inspire, and bring joy and hope to people through her art. She was raised in an abusive home, and it is this harsh beginning that now enables her to understand the importance of being kind. It is also this background that drives Robin to create “uplifting art,” as well as to develop relationships with others that are authentic and meaningful.
Robin designs and creates one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry from natural gem stones. She also creates crystal sun catchers and mobiles. Her jewelry is made from stones such as Amethyst, Pearls, Turquoise and Black Onyx, combined with her metalwork. Her sun catchers & mobiles are styled using faceted lead crystal prisms (both new and recycled) and hand-made lampwork beads. When the sunlight hits the crystal prisms, it is refracted and creates beautiful rainbows throughout the room. Robin creates everything using sterling silver-plated or 24K gold-covered wire & findings.
- Education: Bachelors of Science, Nuclear Engineering, North Carolina State University (NCSU), 1983. Masters of Science, Nuclear Engineering (Minor Mathematics), NCSU, 1986
- Honors & Awards: Department of the Navy Superior Public Service Award-1995; Center for Naval Analyses (CNA) Phil E. Depoy Award for Analytical Excellence-1996; International Women’s Forum (IWF) Leadership Foundation Fellows Recipient-1998/1999 (co-sponsored by the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government); Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Center for International Studies SEMINAR XXI Fellow-2005/06; and Appointment to Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory Principal Professional Staff-2007.
Robin lives in Columbia MD with her wonderful husband Max Crownover – a cherished blessing in her life. They share their home with two golden retrievers and six cats. Robin has also been a Group Fitness Instructor since 1990 and teaches Aerobics, Body Pump and Dance for the Columbia Association.